When it came to choosing a theme for the cake, she was a bit stumped. Initially she just wanted to keep it simple, but later decided on a cheetah print. Why cheetah you might ask? (I know I did ;) ..because when the birthday boy was a child, he 'ran like a cheetah' and so she thought it would be fun to incorporate that into his cake. The cheetah spots on the cake are actually chocolate buttercream. It's pretty time consuming to complete the print in all buttercream.. I know there are fondant versions out there as well that may go quicker. Also, this was my first attempt at it so I'm sure it went a bit slower. I basically hand-piped all the spots and then smoothed them down as I do when I smooth my frosted cake (enter the viva paper towel method).
This being my first cheetah print cake, I was pretty pleased with how it turned out. It seemed to be a hit at the party as well, which always makes my day :)